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March 25, 2014

Wisconsin Legislature Passes Aviation Tax Exemption

Follows Lead Of Five Surrounding States With Similar Exemptions

The Wisconsin legislature has passed EAA-backed legislation that will exempt aircraft parts, service, and labor from sales taxes. Five of Wisconsin's surrounding states had already passed similar legislation, and local maintenance facilities and FBOs were feeling competitive pressure from out of state businesses looking to capitalize on their tax advantage.

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Triton UAS Completes Initial Flight Test Phase

First Cross-County Flight Planned For This Summer

The Navy's MQ-4C Triton has completed its initial flight test phase at Northrop Grumman's Palmdale, CA bringing the unmanned air system one step closer to introduction to the fleet in 2017.

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Tigerair To Order Up To 50 A320neo

New Order From Singapore-Based Low Cost Carrier For Fleet Renewal And Growth

Singapore's Tigerair has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus for the purchase of up to 50 A320neo aircraft for future fleet renewal and growth. The deal covers 37 firm orders plus 13 options. The aircraft will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100 engines and will be operated by the airline across its Asia-Pacific route network.

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CSAF Showcases Air Force, Airmen To Georgia Civic Leaders

General Mark Welsh Addresses 'Leadership Georgia' Class At Moody AFB

Air Force Chief of Staff (CSAF) Gen. Mark A. Welsh III spoke to approximately 180 members of Leadership Georgia, a group of influential state citizens and leaders, about the Air Force's contributions to national security and the innovative spirit of its Airmen at Moody Air Force Base, GA last Friday.

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Ariane 5 Orbits Satellites For SES And HISPASAT

Launched With Dual Payload From French Guiana Saturday

An Ariane 5 rocket orbited a pair of payloads – ASTRA 5B for SES and HISPASAT’S Amazonas 4A – Saturday evening, continuing the relationships with two customers that have come to rely on Arianespace’s launch services.

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SpaceX Launch To ISS Reset For March 30

Launch Postponed By Station Debris Avoidance Maneuver

SpaceX has confirmed it will target its next cargo mission launch to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, for 2250 EDT, Sunday, March 30.

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Cessna 206 Down In Australia, Five Fatally Injured

Witnesses Say Airplane Emitted A 'Series Of Loud Bangs' On Takeoff

A Cessna 206 with five people on board went down shortly after takeoff from Caboolture Airfield north of Brisbane, Australia Saturday morning resulting in the fatal injury of all five.

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Former Government Official Says Black Boxes Should Connect To 'The Cloud'

MAH370 Disappearance Proves Critical Data Should Be Somewhere Other Than On The Airplane, Former DOT Official Says

In the wake of the disappearance of Malaysia Flight 370, a former Clinton U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation says that some critical data from airline flight data recorders should be transmitted to "The Cloud" ... storage servers connected to the Internet.

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New Study Forecasts Growth In Indian Air Traffic Management Market

Expected To Be Worth $1.28 Billion Over Next Five Years

The market for ATM equipment and services in India will be worth $1.28 billion between 2015 and 2019, according to a comprehensive new study from aerospace and defense consultants PMI Media Limited. The market in India is being driven by three main factors: requirements to supply 50 new low-cost airports with navigation, communication and surveillance equipment; the equipping of new consolidated en-route centers and the introduction of next-generation systems such as ADS-B and precision satellite-based navigation concepts.

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Airbus Helicopters Plans Presence At ChileaEUR's FIDAE Fair

Will Highlight Its Footprint And Adapted Helicopter Range In Latin America

Airbus Helicopters will display its adapted product line-up at next week’s FIDAE International Air and Space Fair, featuring rotorcraft flown by a cross-section of Latin American operators to underscore the company’s position in this portion of the world.

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Bombardier Q400 NextGen Airliner Kicks Off Latin American Tour

Beginning At FIDAE Air Show, Tour Includes Stops In The Caribbean

Bombardier Aerospace announced today that its technologically advanced Q400 NextGen regional airliner departs this weekend on a three-week, multi-country demonstration tour of the Latin American region, including planned stops in Peru, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Panama and Mexico. The tour will also include stops in the Caribbean – the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas.

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Airborne 03.24.14: More on EAA v FAA, Cessna CJ3+, Phantom Swift

Also: EAA Members Write Congress, AVW: Formation Clinic, GA Legislature Supports Tax Exemption, FAA 8130.2H Troubles

When the FAA required EAA to sign a contract to pay for air traffic control services for AirVenture 2013, it opened up a can of worms. EAA paid the price and then filed a petition in court arguing that the FAA has no legal right to charge for ATC services without clear Congressional authorization. However, EAA was facing the reality for AirVenture 2014 that air traffic services might not be provided at all if the matter remained unsettled in the courts. To resolve the issue and guaranteed air traffic services for AirVenture 2014, EAA wit

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FAA Supersedes 2009 Continental Engine AD For Cylinder Replacement

Adds Models To Previous AD For Engines With Superior Air Parts, Inc. (SAP) Cylinder Assemblies Installed

The FAA posted a notice in the federal register late last week that it is superseding airworthiness directive (AD) 2009-16-03 for certain Continental Motors, Inc. (CMI) IO-520, TSIO-520, and IO-550 series reciprocating engines, with certain SAP replacement parts manufacturer approval (PMA) investment cast cylinder assemblies installed.

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Robinson Helicopter Company Delivers 500th R66 Helicopter

Milestone Aircraft Goes To Aviamarket, One Of Three Russian R66 Dealers

R66 Turbine S/N 500 rolled off Robinson’s production line on March 14, 2014, three and half years since the 5-place helicopter was initially certificated in October 2010.

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Wisconsin Congressman Weighs In On EAA-FAA Agreement

Former Chair Of The House Transportation Aviation Subcommittee Says Agreement 'Best Course Of Action'

In a statement following the announcement of an agreement reached between the FAA and the EAA on reimbursement for ATC services at AirVenture in Oshkosh, U.S. Representative Tom Petri (R-WI), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, says that he is generally supportive of the agreement.

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New Alpine Edition From Cessna Offers Avionics, Upgrades For Citation CJ2+

Includes Garmin G3000 Suite, Redesigned Cockpit

Cessna has announced an upgrade program for the company’s successful Citation CJ2+ business jet. The new Alpine Edition CJ2+ modification package from Cessna includes the installation of a Garmin G3000 avionics suite—making the jet compliant with Next Generation (NextGen) requirements.

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Last Hurrahs Planned At Fantasy Of Flight

Splash In, Mustang Events Will Precede Closure As A Public Attraction

Fantasy of Flight in central Florida will be closing its doors to the public April 6th, but the aviation-themed attraction has two final events planned as something of a last hurrah; the Sun 'n Fun Splash-In on April 3 and the Mustangs & Mustangs showcase on April 5.

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Aircraft Down Near Wright Memorial In North Carolina

Neither Person On Board The Airplane Was Seriously Injured

A Fantasy SRO Air Allegro 2000 went down Sunday morning just inside the border of the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, NC, but neither of the two people on board the airplane was seriously injured.

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Syrian Plane Shot Down By Turkish Jet

Two Countries Disagree On Where The Conflict Occurred

Turkey has shot down a Syrian MiG-23 it says had violated Turkish airspace, while Syria says the plane had not crossed the border into Turkey.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.25.14)

“At the end of the day, the EAA felt this was the best course of action, and I support them in this decision." Source: Wisconsin Republican Congressman Tom Petri.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.25.14): Special Activity Airspace (SAA)

Any airspace with defined dimensions within the National Airspace System wherein limitations may be imposed upon aircraft operations. This airspace may be restricted areas, prohibited areas, military operations areas, air ATC assigned airspace, and any other designated airspace areas.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.25.14)

Blackbird Archive

One of the best resources on the Internet for information, photos, and diagrams pertaining to the A-12, YF-12, SR-71, and D-21.

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